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March 16 – 18, 2016 Orlando, FL

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TS202 Catching Lightning in a Bottle: Equipping SMEs to Create Learning

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Thursday, March 17

Technology Solutions Stage

Learning has to happen as fast as the needs arise, otherwise learning professionals risk being relegated to compliance training. We need to be a strategic partner, but with so many needs, the traditional way simply isn’t working. One solution is to properly equip internal experts to successfully train others. In this session you’ll learn how to work with highly specialized SMEs in technical domain areas. Learn how to equip SMEs in a structured, repeatable way to develop and deploy learning quickly. Learn to create a force-multiplier that creates vast quantities of learning more quickly than the “traditional” instructional design way.

Ann Rollins

Chief Solutions Architect

The Ken Blanchard Companies

Ann Rollins is a modern learning champion. Unintimidated by global scale, she always has her eyes on the technology horizon to see how to improve and effectively scale the learning experience for her clients. As chief solutions architect at The Ken Blanchard Companies, she takes a practical, design thinking approach to support her clients as they transform how leadership development happens and what their learning ecosystems look like today and tomorrow. She consults with clients on innovation in leadership, learning and development, design thinking application, curation, VR, AR, chatbots, learner experience design (UX/UI), and MOOC/blended learning solutions across many industries.

Cathy Seymour

Lead Instructional Designer


Cathy Seymour, a lead instructional designer with Amtrak, has 20 years in the training and development field. She provides in-depth training needs analysis and designs and develops ILT, VILT, eLearning, and blended learning solutions. Cathy has worked in numerous industries, including financial, telecommunications, and insurance. At Amtrak, Cathy collaborates with business leaders and subject matter experts to develop learning for employees who work in the technical crafts of engineering, mechanical, and on-board services. She promotes the use of just-in-time training techniques that include microlearning, mini videos, and collaborative learning boards and blogs.

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